A few nice celebrity deaths today images I found:
TV Shows We Used To Watch - Whicker's World 1958-94
Image by brizzle born and bred Journalist Alan Whicker reported on interesting social stories from across the globe. Whicker was born to British parents in Cairo, Egypt, in 1921. Alan Whicker remains the gold standard by which all other television journalists are judged - and found wanting. There is nobody today who comes close to the confident professionalism exuded by Alan Whicker in 'Whicker's World'. Although the subject matters may be outdated, seeing these shows is a lesson in how TV presentation should be done, and reminds us how the TV of today has been dumbed down and spoiled by young manic presenters who don't have an ounce of talent compared to the great Mr Whicker. www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uEB-Vs8m-8 Alan Donald Whicker CBE (2 August 1921 â" 12 July 2013) was a British journalist and television presenter and broadcaster. His career spanned almost 60 years, during which time he presented the documentary television programme Whicker's World for over 30 years. He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2005 for services to broadcasting. Whicker's World is a British television documentary series that ran from 1958 to 1994, presented by journalist and broadcaster Alan Whicker. www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwX4y14y1eA Originally a segment on the BBC's Tonight programme in 1958, Whicker's World became a fully-fledged television series in its own right in the 1960s. The series was first shown by the BBC until 1968, and then by ITV from 1969 to 1983, when it was produced by Yorkshire Television, in which Whicker himself was a shareholder. The series returned to the BBC in 1984, and to ITV again in 1992. www.youtube.com/watch?v=__y3i2v2G4g Blessed with one of the greatest TV themes of all time: West End by Laurie Johnston. Whicker said that one of his scariest visits was to the psychopathic dictator of Haiti Papa Doc Duvalier, the possible inspiration for Baron Samedi out of Live and Let Die. Whicker reported stories of social interest from around the world. His interviewees included locals, politicians, celebrities, and even convicted criminals as he reported on stories as far ranging as military dictatorships, British expatriates, the feminist movement of the 1970s, the Tanka people (Boat People) of Hong Kong, the American Gay Rights movement in the 1970s, the opening of Disneyworld in Florida, and the growing plastic surgery industry of California. Among his most famous interviewees were actors Peter Sellers, Joan Collins, Britt Ekland, and Christopher Lee, Haitian dictator FranÃ§ois "Papa Doc" Duvalier, Paraguay dictator Don Alfredo Stroessner, novelist Harold Robbins, Lula Parker Betenson (the 94-year-old sister of the outlaw Butch Cassidy), the Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah (reputedly the richest man in the world at the time of filming), opera singer Luciano Pavarotti, several Maharajas of India, and various members of the British aristocracy. www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nnm0GWv1mVk&list=PLnhcQpwpqYu... Although episodes were self-contained, Whicker would often film a series of episodes devoted to one particular location, including four whole series devoted to the United States and three about Australia. Multi-episode series about the South Pacific, India, Hong Kong, Spain, and a voyage on the QE2 were also made. These were usually given series titles such as Whicker's New World (1969), Whicker's Walkabout: Seven Scenes Down Under (1970), Whicker Way Out West (1973), Whicker's South Seas (1973), Whicker's World Down Under (1976), Whicker's World: A Fast Boat to China (1984), Whicker's World: Living With Uncle Sam (1985), Whicker's World: Living with Waltzing Maltilda (1988), and Whicker's World: A Taste of Spain (1992). In 1998, Whicker made a six-part radio series, Around Whicker's World, for BBC Radio 2. In 2009, he returned to television with Alan Whicker's Journey Of A Lifetime, a four-part series for the BBC in which he revisited some of the locations and people shown in Whicker's World decades earlier to see how their lives had progressed since his original interviews with them. www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0UgMPzf6xs&index=30&list... In the late 1960s, the series was spoofed by the British comedian Benny Hill who did a sketch on his show called "Knickers World". It was parodied again in 1972 by Monty Python's Flying Circus, who did a sketch set on a tropical island called "Whicker Island" where all of the inhabitants were Alan Whicker clones. In the 1980s, Whicker appeared in several television commercials for Barclaycard that were based on Whicker's World and featured Whicker in various foreign locations. In 1981, Whicker's World was spoofed by The Evasions, a British funk group whose song, "Wikka Wrap" featured songwriter Graham de Wilde impersonating Whicker. Graham de Wilde also composed the theme tune for the 1980s BBC episodes of Whicker's World. Whicker died on 12 July 2013 from bronchial pneumonia at his home in Jersey, in the Channel Islands, aged 91. 2014 Whicker's World: 'Island paradise' of renowned former broadcaster and journalist Alan Whicker goes on the market for Â£5million in Jersey. Veteran broadcaster and TV presenter's Channel Islands home has been put on sale for Â£4.95million. Mont d'Olivet has four bedrooms, a heated outdoor swimming pool and sweeping views across the channel. The 1950s property was described by Whicker as his 'island paradise' before his death last year aged 91. Whicker lived in the property for more than 40 years while filming travel documentary series Whicker's World.
Madame Tussauds 03-03-2004
Image by Karen Roe Millions and millions of people have flocked through the doors of Madame Tussauds since they first opened over 200 years ago and it remains just as popular as it ever was. There are many reasons for this enduring success, but at the heart of it all is good, old-fashioned curiosity. Todayâs visitors are sent on a unique, emotionally-charged journey through the realms of the powerful and famous. The museum-style ropes and poles have gone so guests can truly get up, close and personal with A-list celebrities, sporting legends, political heavyweights and historical icons, reliving the times, events and moments that made the world talk about them... The attractionâs history is a rich and fascinating one, with roots dating back to the Paris of 1770. It was here that Madame Tussaud learnt to model wax likenesses under the tutelage of her mentor, Dr Philippe Curtius. At the age of 17, she became art tutor to King Louis XVIâs sister at the Palace Of Versailles and then, during the French Revolution, was hastily forced to prove her allegiance to the feudalistic nobles by making the death masks of executed aristocrats. Madame Tussaud came to Britain in the early 19th century alongside a travelling exhibition of revolutionary relics and effigies of public heroes and rogues.